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  • June 15, 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Moonfish: The First Warm-Blooded Fish

  • June 12, 2020 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Available Now.

    Responsive Management recently partnered with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) on a major study to determine actionable strategies for angler participation and recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3). 
    As America continues to change demographically, attitudinally, and technologically, the R3 community must understand the implications in order to better address the needs of current and prospective anglers. With this in mind, RBFF and Responsive Management undertook substantial new human dimensions research to determine how fishing can stay relevant in a constantly evolving society.
    Click here for our newsletter highlighting study results.
    Funded under a Multistate Conservation Grant, the project entailed a scientific, probability-based nationally representative survey of more than 3,000 U.S. residents (including supplemental oversamples of African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans) and two series of focus groups, one with general population residents in a diverse set of locations across the country and the other with angler R3 professionals. In addition to providing an updated look at motivations, barriers, and interests among active, sporadic, lapsed, and non-anglers, the study examined the roles of social media, smartphone apps, and other innovations in angler participation and R3.

    Click here for an RBFF infographic based on the study results.

    Click here for an RBFF news release on the project.

    Click here for the full study report from Responsive Management.

    Mark Damian Duda
    Executive Director, Responsive Management
    Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
    130 Franklin Street. Harrisonburg, VA 22801. 540-432-1888. fax 540-432-1892

  • June 11, 2020 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    VA Refer A Friend to Fish Campaign Case Study

    "In 2019, the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) launched the Refer-A-Friend To Fish campaign in April with the objective of motivating current licensed anglers in Virginia to recruit new people to fish. The VA DGIF also focused on improving the marketing strategy implemented earlier in 2018. This was done with social media advertising along with an earlier campaign launch l to coincide with the spring fishing season."

    Link to the study:

  • June 08, 2020 8:50 AM | Anonymous
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Career Announcement Header Image

    To Prospective Applicants and Professionals:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is sharing its current list of position vacancy announcements on USAJOBS.  

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    Career Vacancies

    To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.  For more information about FWS job opportunities and employee benefits, please visit our FWS Human Resources page.

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    Students interested in wildlife conservation and stewardship are encouraged to apply for our paid internships through our partnership organizations. Opportunities with FWS and other conservation agencies throughout the country can be found on the following partner's websites:

    *You will need to use the agency filter to see our internships offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    Please share this message with other potential candidates and professional representatives who may have an interest in FWS opportunities.  Thank you and good luck!

    NOTE: If you were forwarded this message and would like to be added to our contact list to receive future updates from FWS, please click this link to sign up.

  • June 04, 2020 4:23 PM | Anonymous
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Special! Career Announcement Header graphic


    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has posted announcements for dozens of vacancies for Biological Science Technician (GS-404-5,6 7).  These positions are located at FWS field offices across the United States.

    Click here to view the vacancy announcements.

    Candidates shall apply for the positions and locations you are interested in.  Each announcement provides information on position duties, eligibility, qualifications, and application procedures. Please refer to the agency contact for questions on the vacancy announcement.

    NOTE: If you were forwarded this message and would like to added to our contact list to receive future updates from FWS, please click this link to sign up.

  • June 02, 2020 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    Mark the new dates on your calendar: October 10-15, 2021.  Same venue, same lodging.  Registration will open in 2021. Check the website for details.

  • April 28, 2020 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    Grow Sportfishing & Your Business with This Unique Tool (Licensing Plugin)

    ASA member, Daiwa Corporation, shares how using the new Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Fishing License and Boat Registration Plugin helped increase their web traffic.
  • April 28, 2020 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    MassWildlife Recruits Campers into Fishing

    When asked about this program, Mark Tisa, MassWildlife Director noted, "This pilot expanded upon our successful marketing efforts with a new initiative to recruit campers into fishing. By strengthening our partnership with the state parks, we engaged a new audience and introduced them to fishing.”

  • April 28, 2020 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    2020 Modern Multi-State Conservation R3 Grants Open for Application

    The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is currently soliciting recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) grant applications for the 2020 multistate conservation grant cycle.

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AREA members participate in a national effort toward angler and aquatic education, angler R3, outreach, resource conservation, research, program evaluation, and similar functions related to aquatic education and angler R3 programs. AREA members can participate in the national biennial conference and regional meetings / updates.

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By joining AREA, you have direct access to national, regional, and local levels of support and expertise. You will have opportunities to participate in conferences and seminars and enjoy daily dialogue with aquatic scientists and leaders from all walks of life.  AREA members share professional experience; and members are able to get in on the ground floor of innovations in aquatic and angler education and angler R3.
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